Ballycastle driver more than twice the drink limit at 11am in Ballymena said he had alcohol at a BBQ the night before and thought he was ok to drive in morning

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Ballymena Magistrates Court

A Ballycastle man detected at more than twice the limit at 11am after his vehicle had broken down said he had been drinking at a BBQ the night before but thought he was ok to drive.

Mervyn Kirkpatrick (41) a joiner, of Caman Drive, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted driving with excess alcohol in his breath.

The offence was detected at Pennybridge Industrial Estate in Ballymena on June 5 this year.

Police had received a report from a member of the public.

The defendant registered 83 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath with the legal limit being 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

A defence lawyer said her client was at a BBQ the previous evening and when he got up to go work the next morning he felt ok but he had not taken anything to eat.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “high reading for that time of the morning” as he banned the defendant from the road for 16 months and fined him £200.

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